When travelling, sometimes you get lucky. Every flight, every layover, every step of your airport experience goes according to plan. But for business travelers and frequent fliers, the odds are pretty good that you’ll have a poor experience on occasion. Not everything can be avoided and not all circumstances are aligned like the stars.
The Pros Know
Business travelers are in a class of their own. Their constant schedules keep them jetting all over the country and the world. There are several seasoned pros who know just what you need to do to make your business trip a lot easier, so we’ve taken the best advice from several of them and come up with 5 ways that can make your trip a little bit better, no matter what comes your way.
5) Prepare at home. The first thing you can do is to make sure that you prepare your luggage and travel items at home. In between journeys, keep your toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant) packed separately so they’re ready to go at a moment’s notice. Choose the right clothing for the trip so that you’ll be able to mix and match for different looks and don’t bother packing things that you “might” need because you probably won’t ever use them and they’ll just take up space.
4) Manage your time. This might seem obvious, but arriving early to the airport can give you the extra preparedness when it comes to gate changes, delays, security backups, and anything unexpected. Control the things that you can control, and that includes giving yourself plenty of travel time when scheduling meetings and appointments and getting to your destination city early. It’s better to have extra time than to be tight when delays occur.
3) Sleep and stretch. Good sleep makes a world of difference for everyone, so sneak in a couple of hours on the plane if you can; even if the flight is only transatlantic. Try to rest as soon as you hit the seat. At your destination, avoid later nights out and get back to your hotel to maximize your rest periods. And when flying more than a couple of hours, stand up and stretch at your seat, walk around the airport if possible while you wait, and take advantage of any extra movement that you can to keep muscles and joints flexible.
2) Have the right luggage. The right luggage can make a world of difference when it comes to any trip. Have the right gear to get you from taxi to hotel easily. A wheeled garment bag that is durable and spacious, while still fitting the recommended dimensions for carry-ons is essential. The Sparrow II also boasts a 600mAh power pack so you can charge your devices without having to find a port. Having the ability to unzip your electronics compartment to get you through security quicker helps save time.
1) Stay healthy. One thing that many business travelers need to focus on is their health. No one wants to get sick in a foreign city when they’re all alone, nor do they want to get sick once they return home. Essential oils and immunity-boosting vitamins can help, but eating right and getting enough sleep is essential. Bring your own healthy snacks and stay away from heavy foods during the trip. Hydration is a must on longer flights, so bring an empty, collapsible water bottle to fill up pre-flight and minimize alcohol as it is very dehydrating.
When your journey takes an unexpected turn, don’t let it throw you into another dimension; be prepared to roll along with it.
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